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  • Established in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants.

    Background:The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is currently implementing a project funded by the European Union titled “Promoting Better Management of Migration in Nigeria” under the 10th National European Development Fund.

    Consultant Positions

     

    Consultancy to facilitate the National Planning Workshop for the implementation of the work plan of the National migration Policy

    Management of migration has become a global challenge with increasing calls being made for mechanisms to protect the human rights of migrants and to discourage irregular forms of migration through various strategies including an increase to access to jobs and basic social services. Global migration trends are now largely shaped by economic, political, demographic and climatic change dynamics with numbers steadily on the increase with the total number of international migrants and people living outside their country of birth reaching an all-time high of 232 million in 2013. This figure has a high probability for continued increase because of political instability, demographic and economic inequalities between countries and revolutions in communications and transportation that enable migrants to learn about opportunities abroad. Nigeria, with a population exceeding 160 million and with more than 250 ethnic groups, grapples with a wide range of migration issues, from internal migration to massive regional and international migration. According to the National Planning Commission, the latest available figures indicate that the number of immigrants residing in Nigeria has more than doubled in recent decades, from 477,135 in 1991 to 971,450 in 2005. With the activities of insurgents, population movements internally and across borders will probably be on the increase. Component one of the project aims to improve the governance of the migration sector through the use of evidence based instruments by facilitating the adoption and implementation of the draft National Migration Policy among other things. A draft national migration policy and an action plan has been developed and adopted by the Technical Working Group (TWG) on Migration to facilitate the implementation of the policy which is spearheaded by the National Commission of Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI), the focal agency for coordinating all themes of migration and the implementation of all the contents of the policy. The draft National Migration Policy has been presented to the federal Executive Council in December 2013 and still awaits

    adoption. The National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons and members of the TWG will be supported by the project to implement the policy through pilot projects.

    Workshop Facilitation:

    An expert knowledgeable about policy and project development will be invited to facilitate the National workshop by guiding discussions which will focus on identifying thematic areas within the action plan that will be developed into pilot activities to be implemented. The expert will be expected to go through steps of proposal development and project implementation. Thematic Action Plans which are drawn directly from the Implementation Plan of the draft National Migration Policy. The process will involve active stakeholder participation, presentation of professional notes and papers, facilitation of sessions, guidance of discussion in thematic focal groups and plenary consultations, report writing, development of concise concept notes and action plans etc. Proposed activities must contribute to better management of migration in Nigeria.

    The Federal Ministry of Education has drawn their action plan from the draft National Migration Policy Action plan will be invited to present their experience on implementing the work plan and to share best practices.

    Objectives of the Workshop

    The overall objective of the four day National Planning Workshop is to bring together relevant stakeholders of the Technical Working Group on Migration and Development to identify common thematic areas within the plan of action of the draft national migration policy they could jointly address and develop project proposals which will enhance the integration of migration into national development and poverty reduction strategies through their implementation. The workshop will contribute to a better understanding amongst stakeholders on the importance of coherency in migration management and the development of project proposals.

    Participants

    The workshop will bring together relevant TWG members comprising of representatives from: Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity, National Commission for Refugees Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons, Nigerian Immigration Service, Nigerian National Volunteer Service, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, National Population commission, National Bureau of Statistics, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Youth Development, Central Bank of Nigeria, and National Planning Commission among many others.

    Methodology

    i. The assignment will comprise of two phases: (i) Drafting a plan of the workshop and (ii) delivering of a project proposal development training and assisting the stakeholders to produce three project proposals.

    ii. Hold briefing with the IOM focal team to finalize plans for National planning workshop

    Duration

    The maximum period of the contract will be 7 working days.

    Deliverables
    The expert will be required to:

        Present a training plan including a clear methodology and approach to be used during the planning workshop and train the TWG on how to develop project proposal.
        Facilitate guided group work discussions and assist the stakeholders to prepare five proposals indicating a budget and work plan for implementation.
        Prepare a training report.

    Management and Supervision:

    Management and supervision of progress and activities under this consultancy shall be carried out by the International Organization for Migration Abuja. The expert shall deliver the training plan to the International Organization for Migration for approval, in accordance with the agreed format.

    Technical Skills and Expertise

    Education

    A Masters degree in Political or Social Sciences, Development studies, Communications, Migration or related field from an accredited academic institution with 10 years of relevant professional experience or a Bachelor degree in the above fields with 12 years of relevant professional working experience.

    · Experience in the field of Migration including policy making and policy dialogue.
    · Experience in project development, implementation and management
    · Excellent communication skills in English (oral and written)

        Proven experience in designing training programmes and facilitating workshops.
        Experience working with government officials of appropriate level on matters related to substantive migration issues
        Experience in framing migration issues in national, global and political context with knowledge of migration context in Nigeria.
        Candidates are also expected to propose a daily rate for consultancy fee which should be verifiable.

    Experience in the field of migration, including in policymaking, policy dialogue, international diplomacy and/or multilateral cooperation;
     
    Consultancy for the Development of a Marketing Strategy to Underline Possibilities of Organized Labour Migration from Nigeria

    Background and Rationale

    Nigeria has a long history of migration. The 2009 Nigeria Migration Profile indicates that Nigeria is an important country of destination and origin for migrants. While West Africans alone constitute about 74% of immigrants, a significant population of Nigerians emigrate to the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Italy and other parts of the world in search of employment and better living conditions. Current best estimates indicate that 5 million Nigerians live abroad[1]. One specific feature of the Nigerian labour migration is that it is largely irregular in contrast to the much-desired legal migration, thus resulting in unfavourable consequences for the country, migrants and their families, and the destination countries[2].

    The Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity (FMLP) has demonstrated interest in the management of labour migration by establishing the International Labour Migration Desk (ILMD) in 2004. The Desk is charged with the responsibility to manage and regulate labour migration; strengthen institutional coordination and collaboration with relevant agencies dealing with labour migration; upgrade the national electronic public employment service platform - NELEX to evolve into a labour market observatory system and a database for monitoring migration flows; ensure decent treatment of migrant workers and optimize the benefits of labour migration to development while mitigating its adverse effects.

    The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is currently implementing a European Union funded project “Promoting Better Management of Migration in Nigeria” with the overall objective to enhance the capacity of the government of Nigeria to manage migration in order to maximize its development potential. Working with FMLP, the project aims to strengthen bilateral dialogue and cooperation on labour migration between Nigeria and countries of origin and destination with the aim of promoting organized and legal labour migration through bilateral labour migration agreements.

    To achieve this, the government will need to organize multilateral dialogue meetings on labour migration and if possible high level missions to selected countries of destination if applicable. So far, Nigeria has no bilateral labour migration agreements with host countries to regulate the mobility of its citizens. Given that labour migration is primarily demand-driven, Nigeria would need to seek out prospective employers amidst the competition from labour supplying countries within the international labour market.

    The development of a marketing strategy that underlines possibilities of organized labour migration from Nigeria is crucial for determining possibilities of overseas employment. After targeting the possible countries for labour migration, it is also very important to assess the competitive demands of the market as well as the supply of workers. The marketing strategy would therefore match the supply of Nigerian workers to prospective demand for specific skills for possible overseas employment.

    Objective of the Consultancy

    To develop a marketing strategy to underline possibilities of organized labour migration from Nigeria to foreign labour seeking countries.

    Specific Activities to be Performed

    1) Assess the international labour market to ascertain market demand prospects for Nigerian workers highlighting the occupation and industries having labour shortages, the desired level of experience and qualifications of labour needed.
    2) Establish Nigeria’s capacity to supply the needed labour by assessing the country’s labour market to determine the available semi-skilled and skilled labour for possible overseas employment.
    3) Elaborate Nigeria’s labour migration facilitation scheme that is the system of recruitment, pre-employment orientation, medical examination, workers’ documentation, emigration regulations of skilled and semi-skilled labour, and re-admission plans and procedures.
    4) Uncover the labour and immigration rules and regulations of each identified labour seeking country.
    5) For each identified labour seeking country, uncover the relevant stakeholders and the role of each stakeholder in overseas employment.
    6) Evaluate the macro-environment – social, economic, cultural, political, legal, foreign labour recruitment trends, competitors that will potentially impinge on the success of overseas employment of Nigerian workers in each identified country.
    7) Present the marketing strategy to stakeholders; when advised.

    Proposed Method

    Following is a draft outline of a suggested methodology and time allocation.Action Days Planning Development and presentation of plan of work to IOM 2 Meetings with relevant experts or surveys Interviews with foreign missions in Nigeria, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and/or Nigerian diplomatic missions abroad, Ministry of Labour and Productivity, markets research and surveys. 15 Draft Produce draft marketing strategy 3 Review of draft Presentation, review and update of draft marketing strategy to stakeholders 2 Final Report Preparation and presentation of final marketing strategy to IOM and FMLP 3

    Expected Output

    i. The expert is expected to present a Draft Marketing Strategy to IOM and FMLP for review and validation.
    ii. A Final Marketing Strategy will be submitted to IOM after incorporating all salient contributions from IOM and FMLP.
    iii. All documents are to be submitted in electronic format.

    Requirement

    A typed version of the final report between 50 and 100 pages, giving a clear and comprehensive marketing strategy for Nigeria vis-à-vis the objectives of the consultancy. The following annexes should be attached to the final report:

    i. All notes from meetings
    ii. All notes from interviews
    iii. All data and references consulted
    iv. Any other material that is relevant to the strategy.

    Duration

    The Expert will be expected to work for an overall period of twenty-five (25) working days. The period is inclusive of any travels associated with the consultancy. It is assumed that the preparation of plan of action and final activity reports will be carried out in the Expert’s place of residence, if applicable.

    Desirable Qualifications and Experience

    The Expert will be expected to have the following minimum competencies and expertise: completed an advanced university degree in marketing, business administration or related field;
    b) knowledgeable and experienced in conducting qualitative and/or quantitative research to develop evidence-based strategies; c) possess strong knowledge of labour migration issues and international labour markets; d) possess awareness and commitment to cultural diversity and migration issues;
    e) possess strong conceptual and analytical skills; f) possess strong consensus building skills;
    g) excellent verbal and written communications skills, and demonstrated experience working with a variety of stakeholders; h) excellent skills in the use of Microsoft Office packages, internet, as well as strong research skills.
     
    Feasibility Study on the Establishment of Labour Migration Attachés in Principal Countries of Destination.

    Background
    Established in 1951, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, inter-governmental and non-governmental partners on issues related to migration. IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments.

    IOM in Nigeria is currently implementing the European Union funded project “Promoting Better Management of Migration in Nigeria”.The overall objective of the project is to enhance the capacity of the Government of Nigeria to manage migration in order to maximize its development potential. The specific objectives are to improve the governance of migration through the use of evidence-based instruments, strengthen national capacity to manage organized labor migration, mobilize Diaspora for national development and strengthen national capacity to deter irregular migration.

    The Government of Nigeria established the International Labour Migration Desk (ILMD) in 2004 within the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity (FMLP) with the mandate to amongst other things, manage labour migration in and out of Nigeria. IOM is working with FMLP as a key partner in the realization of the goals of the project, which is to strengthen the legal and policy framework for organized labour migration and improve its capacity to manage labour migration.

    Rationale

    Recent statistics of the National Bureau of Statistics puts the unemployment rate at 24% of the estimated 170 million Nigerians[1]. The daunting challenges associated with unemployment amongst other typical factors encourage many Nigerians to migrate to other countries in search of better livelihood. As at 2009, approximately 5 million Nigerians are spread over the United States, United Kingdom, Italy, Canada, Spain, Germany, the West-African region and many other countries[2]. As a result, Nigeria presently has a flourishing Diaspora community, which can contribute to national development if effectively engaged. The World Bank puts remittances to Nigeria at USD21 billion in 2013[3].

    Although labour migration increases access to employment opportunities and financial benefits amongst others, the human, economic and social costs of migration are enormous. Hitherto, the absence of legal framework to protect labour migrants encouraged laissez-faire emigration system in Nigeria. Labour migration has implications for policy strategies, not only in addressing the undesirable effects of migration such as brain drain and waste but also in ensuring the protection and respect for the rights and interests of migrants from the point of departure, transit and destination countries. Migrant-centered measures are necessary to address the challenges and aspirations of migrants as they evolve.

    Combating the challenges of labour migration has been a priority for Nigeria. A National Labour Migration Policy has been developed to govern labour migration management. The policy stipulates measures to protect the rights of migrant workers; identify and promote labour market linkages; and curb the emigration of nationals through the promotion of government-led entrepreneurship and employment strategies. On June 19, 1967, Nigeria ratified the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations[4]. Article 7 to 11 of the Convention governs the appointment of attachés. Likewise, the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria provides for diplomatic representation[5] abroad. Despite the population of Nigerians abroad, Nigeria has only one labour attaché assigned to its mission in Geneva. Labour attachés have a multifaceted role of i.) Protecting the rights of workers; ii.) Identifying decent jobs for nationals; and iii.) Promoting cordial relationships between Nigeria and the host country by ensuring that the systems and policies in place are genuinely a ‘win-win-win’ for the migrant, origin and host countries.

    In addition to the consular support services for migrant workers at destination countries, inter-state cooperation is essential in sustaining organized labour migration and reducing irregular mobility. If assigned to Nigerian diplomatic missions, Labour attachés would strengthen bilateral dialogue and cooperation on labour migration between Nigeria and other countries of origin and destination with the aim of promoting organized and legal labour migration through bilateral labour migration agreements. Therefore, there is need to conduct a study to assess the feasibility of establishing labour migration attachés in Nigerian diplomatic missions in the principal countries of destination.

    Overall Objective of the Consultancy

    To conduct a study to assess the feasibility of establishing labour attachés in Nigerian diplomatic missions in principal countries of destination vis: United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Italy and South Africa; with the aim of strengthening bilateral cooperation. The study will inform the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity’s decision on posting labour attachés to the listed countries.

    Specific Objectives

    The study is expected to:

    · Provide an in depth analysis of Nigeria labour migrants in each country to determine the justification of posting a Labour Attaché to each country. The study should present its findings, evaluation criteria and recommendation of destination countries ranked in order of importance.
    · Objectively and rationally, uncover the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats that may potentially affect the outcome of establishing a Labour Attaché in each country.
    · Outline the legal requirement and obligations of a Labour Attaché in each country.
    · Present start up requirement and detailed financial implications of posting a Labour Attaché to each country.
    · Outline the prospects, anticipated benefits and risks associated with assigning a Labour Attaché to each country.
    · The study should identify alternative approaches to posting Labour Attaché to achieve the desire results of strengthening bilateral cooperation and provision of support services to Nigeria migrant workers in destination countries.
    · Assess the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity’s institutional capacity, resources, commitment and that of other stakeholders such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to sustain Labour Attachés in the destination countries.

    Methodology

    The methodology to be adopted in this study will include, but not necessarily limited to the following: (i) desk study of available literature relevant to the deliverables; (ii) in depth review of qualitative and quantitative data collected from the countries diplomatic missions in Nigeria, the Nigerian diplomatic missions in the countries and the Nigeria Immigration Service.

    Expected Output

    · Within 7 days of commencement of the assignment, the expert is expected to submit an Inception Report presenting a comprehensive analysis of the geographical spread as well as the category of Nigerian migrants in the destination countries under consideration and a review of relevant legal documents of Nigeria and the destination countries.
    · The inception report will also comprehensively detail the methodology and work plan that will be applied in undertaking the assignment.
    · The expert will present a Draft Feasibility Study to IOM and FMLP for review and validation.
    · A Final Feasibility Study Report will be submitted to IOM after incorporating all salient contributions from IOM and FMLP.
    · All documents are to be submitted in electronic format.

    Requirement

    A typed version of the final report between 50 and 100 pages, giving a clear and comprehensive output in line with the objectives of the consultancy. The following annexes should be attached to the final report:

    i. All notes from meetings
    ii. All notes from interviews
    iii. All data and references consulted
    iv. Any other material that is relevant to the study.

    DurationThe Expert will be expected to work for an overall period of twenty (20) working days. The period is inclusive of any travels associated with the consultancy. It is assumed that the preparation of inception and final activity reports will be carried out in the expert’s country of residence, if applicable.

    Desirable Qualifications and Experience

    The Expert will be expected to have the following minimum competencies and expertise: a.) completed an advanced university degree in Social Science, Entrepreneurship Development or related field; b) knowledgeable and experienced in programme or project design and management, feasibility studies and value chain analysis; c) experience working with the public sector, d) possess strong knowledge of labour migration issues and international labour markets; e) possess awareness and commitment to cultural diversity and migration issues; f) possess strong conceptual and analytical skills; f) possess strong consensus building skills. h) the candidate must be result-oriented and possess the ability to deliver on time; i) excellent verbal and written communications skills, and demonstrated experience working with a variety of stakeholders; j) excellent skills in the use of Microsoft Office packages, internet, as well as strong research skills.

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified candidates are invited to submit their applications to email address iomnigeriahr@iom.int on or before 03 October 2014.

    In order for the applications to be considered valid, IOM only accepts applications with Curriculum Vitae (CV), detailed work planand a cover letternot more than one page specifying the motivation for application, addressed to The Chief of Mission, International Organization for Migration (IOM)and with a subject lineFeasibility Study on the Establishment of Labour Migration Attachés in Principal Countries of Destination.

    All applications should include a functional e-mail address and mobile number (s). Please note that only applications sent by email will be accepted and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

    Candidates are also expected to propose a daily rate for consultancy fee which should be verifiable.

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